Every year 40,000 children under five are taken to hospital following an accident, most of these are likely to occur in the home with over 4,200 children having a fall on the stairs*
Keep your baby safe with these general safety tips:
1. Install safety gates to prevent falling
Falls are one of the most common accidents for babies once they begin crawling and becoming more mobile. Be sure to fit safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent access from both sides. Remember to close the gates properly after you go through them and check the latches regularly. It is suggested you keep on using safety gates until your baby is at least two years old.
2. Chop up food to prevent choking
Food is the most common thing for babies and toddlers to choke on. Once your baby has started on solid food, you should always cut it up into small pieces. Babies can choke on foods as small as a pea and things such as grapes, berries and tomatoes should be cut into quarters at least.
3. Car seats are safest fitted in the centre seat
71% of car seats are not fitted properly. When possible, try to fit your car seat in the centre seat as it won’t take a direct hit in an accident. Car seat safety is incredibly important and it’s imperative that all parents pay attention to the changes in laws, and sizing and height requirements for seats as their children grow. Car seats have a shelf life of 6-8 years, but standards are updated regularly as new technology evolves so be sure that if you are purchasing a car seat second-hand that it is EU approved (label shows a capital “E”) and that it is the appropriate seat based on your child’s size and weight.
4. Keep your cuppa out of reach
As mentioned in a previous post 95% of all childhood burns and scalds happen at home. Keep hot drinks away from all young children and keep your kettle pushed to the back of your counter top, with cords out of reach. Drinks can still burn a child’s extra sensitive skin even 15 minutes after it’s been made, so don’t assume that just because it’s an acceptable temperature for you, that it will will not harm your child.
5. Digital distractions
A recent survey by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) revealed that one in four parents admitted their child has had an accident or “near miss” while they were checking their phone. Especially in this digital age, it’s crucial that parents are taking time away from their devices to devote solely to their children, not just to keep them safe – but to encourage positive interactions, routines and comfort.